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Meeting notes: April 11, 2011

The April meeting of the Hendricks County Amateur Radio Society was called to order by President John Farmer at 7:00 PM, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. There were 18 members present.

Secretary’s Report: The minutes for the March meeting were read and approved as corrected (by adding the date [April 10, 2011] to the ARES training session on message handling).

Treasurer’s Report was provided by Wayne Fox KE9P

Repeater Trustee’s Report: The trustees went to the repeater site to inspect the source of reported problems. They found some cold solder joints, etc., which were repaired and the repeater tuned up. Heaters on the “cans” were disconnected for the season.

ARES Report:
1. Inside booth space is available for the Hendricks County 4-H Fair this summer (7/16-7/23) but fair organizers still require a $200 fee, in spite of non-profit status.
2. The work group session on severe weather training took place on March 26th with about a dozen people in attendance.
3. Message handling training went well.
4. There are now 18 potential net controllers for weekly/severe weather nets.

RACES Report: Dave Leimenstoll sent an apology to the group for a delay in email communications. This should be over now.

Old Business:
1. It was determined that at least one person from the club plans to operate for the Indiana QSO Party.
2. Field Day. President Farmer inquired if a FD committee is needed for the event this year. The idea was tabled for the next meeting when actual FD planning will occur.

New Business: None.

Program:
1. Bill Schini talked about the Park-to-Park Relay race that will take place in Hendricks County on June 25, 2011, from 6:30 AM until the last participant completes the race, or 8:00 PM, whichever comes first. The event will need 30 radio operators. Bill hopes to have a net control station set up at the Field Day site, since FD and the relay will occur on the same day. Speaker Dick Whicker from the Parks Foundation of Hendricks County discussed the event and presented a map of the relay route to the club. The relay started as a recreational running event but is now set up as a fund-raising competition.
2. Member Larry Evans showed a video of a Channel 13 television program Surviving the Storm, which featured several HCARS members as storm spotters and disaster responders.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 PM EDT.

Respectfully submitted, Peg McNary, Secretary.